The notion of how people work and play has changed due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Benjamin Lau from Farrells discusses the new Shanghai Shipyard venue in the Lujiazui district which gives a new future vision for urban life.
The pandemic has changed people's expectations of their surroundings and the intertwined relationship between how leisure and recreation play an increasingly important role in our everyday lives. After months of home isolation, limited social interaction and gatherings, people want more. The demand for space for social, recreation and leisure activities is growing, as spaces designed with this flexibility of use counterbalance the time people spend at work.
Shanghai Shipyard is a new mixed use development in the Lujiazui district, which has remained active and vibrant, at times when many leading global cities have struggled to keep their streets alive. A key driver behind the masterplan, conceived by Farrells, was to create an interconnected new destination. The mixed use development delivers just that, bringing people together in a myriad of ways, paving the way for the future vision of urban life.
Comprising two office blocks with a large public plaza, Shanghai Shipyard has vibrant streetscapes that forms part of the larger context of an arts and cultural focused area. Through purposeful, connection driven design, the districts’ many cultural venues and recreational spaces along the waterfront promenade are linked by shaded pathways and bike lanes, lush landscapes. Designed with both locals and visitors in mind, the streetscape varies with the seasons, whilst creating familiarity and a strong sense of place.
Farrells' approach to the Lujiazui district was to design a neighbourhood for local residents – a place for them to relax, entertain, gather, and be inspired. Shanghai Shipyard is key to this and is becoming a popular cultural place for the residents of Shanghai – who exercise along the scenic riverfront, attend cultural events at Shipyard 1862, and have dining experiences along the promenade. The wider Lujiazui district has evolved into a popular and high-profile cultural-focused area, with Shanghai Shipyard sitting alongside many prominent developments by other renowned designers, including Kengo Kuma's Shipyard 1862, OMA's Lujiazui Exhibition Centre and ARQ's Riviera TwinStar Towers.
In the future people will seek out places of social value, to stimulate productivity, for comfort, to cultivate a sense of belonging / sense of purpose. There will be a shift in our desire for more impactful and memorable experiences. Making visits to our urban environments will be expected to enhance our daily lives.
Shanghai Shipyard Masterplan
Client: LuJiaZui Central Financial District (Phase II) Development Corp / CITIC Ltd
Lead Architect: Farrells
Interior Design: Farrells
Civil & Structural Engineer: Arup International Consultants (Shanghai) Co Ltd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Arup International Consultants (Shanghai) Co Ltd
Structure & Engineering & HVAC design: ARUP
Landscape design: EADG
Photos: Terrence Zhang and Farrells